Music

Photo of Three piece ensemble

 WINTER-SPRING 2020


Charlotte Blake Alston

Charlotte Blake Alston holder her instrument

Thursday, February 13, 9:45 a.m.
Margaret Williams Theatre
$8 for all students and adults (including teachers)

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Grades K-5, and story lovers of all ages.

Enjoy a morning of storytelling and song with Charlotte Blake Alston, an internationally recognized artist who breathes life into traditional and contemporary stories from African and African American oral and cultural traditions. Her solo performances are enhanced with traditional instruments such as djembe, mbira, shekere and the 21-stringed kora. A featured artist on Carnegie Hall’s Family Concert Series since 1996, Charlotte is a recipient of the Zora Neale Hurston Award, the highest award from the National Association of Black Storytellers.

Charlotte Blake Alston telling a story.

The Rodney Marsalis Philadelphia Big Brass

Rodney Marsalis and band standing for group photo

Thursday, February 20, 9:45 a.m.
Margaret Williams Theatre

$8 for all students and adults (including teachers)
Grades 2-12 Interactive show

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Saturday, February 22, 8:00 p.m
Margaret Williams Theatre
Tickets $35

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The Rodney Marsalis Philadelphia Big Brass is composed of some of America’s top brass musicians dedicated to bringing the joyous experience of great music to a wide range of audiences. They perform music ranging from the streets of New Orleans to Baroque to pop. This show presents a look at music styles from many cultures including a Mardi Gras Celebration

This engagement of Rodney Marsalis Philadelphia Big Brass is made possible through the ArtsCONNECT program of Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation with support from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Rodney Marsalis Philadelphia Big Brass Performance

Jacarandá Guitar Duo: Alexander Parra and Jean Carlo Espíndola, guitars and Fabián Forero, bandola, in music by Gentíl Montaña

Coordinated by Dr. Ana Maria Rosado

Jacardand Duo with their guitars

Wednesday, March 4, 1:00 p.m.
Ingalls Recital Hall


Free Admission with RSVP

The Jacarandá Guitar Duo from Colombia, with Alexander Parra and Jean Carlo Espíndola, and as trio with Fabíán Forero, bandola—playing the bandola,a plucked string instrument from Colombia—will perform music by preeminent Colombian composer Gentíl Montaña (1942–2011), whose

Fabian Forero posing by his instrument

internationally acclaimed music is based on folk idioms with modern harmonies.


TIME REMEMBERED
A Musical Documentary Remembering BILL EVANS with the
JOEL ZELNIK TRIO

Joel Zelnik at the Piano
Joel Zelnik - Piano
Brian Glassman - Bass
David Cox - Drums
 
March 7, 2020 at 7PM
Ingalls Recital Hall
Tickets $25
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This screening of the documentary, "Time Remembered", about the late/great jazz pianist Bill Evans, is hosted by pianist Joel Zelnik and his trio plus Holli Ross, Vocalist They will perform a pre-screening concert featuring music of Bill Evans.
 
Bill Evans (1929-1980) was one of the most important and influential pianists and composers in the history of jazz. From the early 1950s, when he first found work as a sideman, through the dozens of albums he released as a leader, his impact has been incalculable-Evans fundamentally altered the sound of piano trio jazz forever.
 
Joel Zelnik Trio performing

The Addams Family

The Addams Family Animated Portrait

March 20, 21, 27, 28 at 7:30 p.m.
March 23 and 30 at 3:00 p.m.
March 25 at 10:30 a.m.
Margaret Williams Theatre
Tickets $15, students $5

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The Addams Family, a comical feast that embraces the wackiness in every family, features an original story that is every father’s nightmare: Wednesday Addams, the ultimate princess of darkness, has grown up and fallen in love with a sweet, smart young man from a respectable family—a man her parents have never met. And if that wasn’t upsetting enough, Wednesday confides in her father and begs him not to tell her mother. Now, Gomez Addams must do something he’s never done before—keep a secret from his beloved wife, Morticia. Everything will change for the whole family on the fateful night they host a dinner for Wednesday’s “normal” boyfriend and his parents.


Moving Star Vocal Ensemble

Moving Star Vocal Group

Wednesday, April 1, 1:00 p.m.
Ingalls Recital Hall

Free Admission with RSVP

Moving Star explores the transformative power and possibilities of the human voice through the synthesis of improvisation and composition. Moving Star is a collective of singers, composers, and vocal improvisers that create immersive, interactive experiences inviting self-expression in their listeners.


New Jersey Day of Percussion

NJCU Precussion group

Saturday, April 4, 10:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.
Rossey Hall, Rooms 101 and 105

Free Admission with RSVP

Guest artists include: Colin McNutt, Rolando Morales-Matos, Juan Mendoza, David Mancuso and more. Percussion ensembles, concerts, clinics, door prizes, food will be sold. Professional development certificates available.

 


Svetlana and Her Night at the Movies

Photograph of Svetlana

Saturday, April 4, 8:00 p.m.
Margaret Williams Theatre

Tickets $30

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Svetlana is “Astrud Gilberto via Moscow”, a Russian-born critically acclaimed American jazz vocalist. Her new record and concert program, Night at the Movies is Svetlana’s love affair with movies, and dreaming. The concert adapts Oscar-winning Songs from 1930s to today, taking listeners on a carnival of sound, from sultry introspective torch jazz vocals to a rowdy New Orleans inspired dance party.

Carrying over all the romance, passion and beautiful familiar melodies, while discovering unexpected gems and adding a new twist and high energy – the band is fronted by Svetlana’s captivating vocals and stage presence. Listeners will find themselves nodding along to familiar tunes - while also being thrilled by the twists, turns, and unexpected improvisational aspects of Svetlana’s exciting virtuoso band of young jazz lions. The show is accompanied by projected moving images inspired by the movies from which the songs are drawn.

“Breakfast at Tiffany’s meets Some Like It Hot” – NY Music Daily
“Exceptional vocalist” – Wall Street Journal “Once in A Lifetime Voice” – Aquarian Weekly

Svetlana and Her Night at the Movies

The NJCU Jazz Orchestra

Gabriel Alegria, Artistic Director

NJCU Jazz Orchestra Brass section performing

Friday April 10 8:00pm
Margaret Williams Theatre
$15 General / $5 Students

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Special Guest TBA

NJCU’s Jazz Ensemble and Orchestra have achieved national acclaim over the last eighteen years. This year is no exception! Don’t miss your chance to see these talented students perform.


New Jersey Symphony Orchestra Chamber Players Trio: The Jungle Book

Man playing the saxophone with child

Saturday, April 11, 2:00 p.m.
Margaret Williams Theatre
Tickets $20, Children under 17: $12

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In a playful and humorous manner, NJSO’s version
of Kipling’s The Jungle Book—featuring a string ensemble—introduces young audiences to classical master works and to various styles of music. Narration of the story alternates with brief musical interludes, and puppets and toy animals bring this program to vivid life!


NJCU Spring Jazz Fest

Gabriel Alegria, Artistic Director

Group of Jazz musicians playing

Saturday, April 25, 5:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
West Side Theatre
$20 General / $5 Students and Seniors

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One Stage, eight bands. Family Friendly. Faculty and Student showcase featuring the best and brightest of the NJCU talent pool.


A Beethoven 250th Year Celebration

NJCU Choir and Orchestra Playing performing together on stage

Sunday, May 3, 3:00 p.m.
Margaret Williams Theatre


Free Admission with RSVP

The NJCU Concert Chorale and Orchestra, conducted by Robert Prowse, will be joined by the Oratorio Choir of West Side Presbyterian Church, from Ridgewood, New Jersey, directed by Deborah Holden-Holloway, in a celebration of Beethoven’s 250th year. The concert will feature a performance of Beethoven’s 9th Symphony (“Ode to Joy”).


Past Events


Seventh Annual NJCU Alumni Jazz Big Band Concert Featuring Wynton Marsalis and Allan Harris

Music Director and Conductor: Dick Lowenthal Celebrating Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers, and Nat King Cole

Photograph of Wynton Marsalis playing trumpet

Friday, September 6, 6:00 p.m.

*******Note:********
Due to inclement weather the concert will be held at:
Harborside Atrium
210 Hudson St, Jersey City, NJ 07311

In partnership with the City of Jersey City and the Office of Cultural Affairs, the Hudson County Office of Culture and Tourism, and the Exchange Place Alliance, this outdoor concert has become one of the most anticipated events of the year in the community, drawing a huge crowd to the spectacular waterfront venue.

Free and open to the public!


An Evening with Tim Farrell

Photograph of Tim Farrell

Saturday, September 21, 8:00 p.m.
NJCU School of Business, Skyline Room 200
Hudson Street, Jersey City
Tickets: $25

 

**Workshop at 4:00 p.m. with Tim. Admission included with your ticket to the evening show. Must RSVP to Boxoffice@njcu.edu to confirm spot  in workshop.**

With so many guitarists trying to make
their mark these days, it’s not easy being a “trailblazer.” Yet, that perfectly defines Tim Farrell. His fingerstyle playing and original compositions display an elegant simplicity that celebrates the purity of the acoustic guitar. Farrell is a rare kind of musician who can entertain an audience and inspire future generations of players.

Fingerstyle Guitar Basics Workshop:
Tim Farrell will walk students through the basic elements of fingerstyle guitar playing. He will present and illustrate the foundations and concepts of the fingerstyle approach to guitar. Students will learn ways to make the their playing more musical and more enjoyable. Advanced techniques may be discussed per the skill levels of attendees. 
Acoustic Guitar Sessions Presents Tim Farrell

New Jersey Symphony Orchestra Chamber Players:
Peter and the Wolf

NJSO Chamber players
NJSO Chamber Player talking with students

Saturday, October 19, 2:00 p.m.
Margaret Williams Theatre
Tickets $20, Children under 17: $12

 

Audiences of all ages will thrill to the adventures of a mischievous boy, hungry wolf, grumpy grandpa and collection of animal characters in Peter and the Wolf at this New Jersey Symphony Orchestra Chamber Players family concert. In his famous musical fairytale, Prokofiev cleverly matches each character to an instrument and a musical theme so listeners can imagine the exciting tale as it unfolds.

This special arrangement of Prokofiev’s classic tale features the instruments of the woodwind family, combining the same great imagery with a focus on the flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon and French horn.

Named “a vital, artistically significant musical organization” by The Wall Street Journal, the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra embodies that vitality through its statewide presence and critically acclaimed performances, education partnerships and unparalleled access to music and the Orchestra’s superb musicians.